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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
led to...downfall
▪ the scandal that led to the president’s downfall
market-led/export-led etc
▪ It is therefore more than ever necessary that the recovery should be export-led rather than led by domestic consumption.
▪ All these changes led either to the desertion or substantial depopulation of settlements.
▪ As a junior, she led her team to the state championships.
▪ Both emerged from fertile local music scenes and were led by strong, politically aware black leaders.
▪ In 1993 Operation Gangbusters led to 43 arrests.
▪ Phenomenal demand for Thunderbird toys led to shortages across the country and disappointment for many children last year.
▪ Such questions have led to a bewildering muddle.
▪ The last folly was finished in nineteen thirty-six and provoked such a public outcry that it led to the first-ever planning inquiry.
▪ Within families filial piety was the keystone of morality and it led logically to an absolute obedience to the household head.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Led \Led\ (l[e^]d), imp. & p. p. of Lead.

Led captain. An obsequious follower or attendant. [Obs.]

Led horse, a sumpter horse, or a spare horse, that is led along.


Lead \Lead\ (l[=e]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Led (l[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Leading.] [OE. leden, AS. l[=ae]dan (akin to OS. l[=e]dian, D. leiden, G. leiten, Icel. le[imac][eth]a, Sw. leda, Dan. lede), properly a causative fr. AS. li[eth]an to go; akin to OHG. l[imac]dan, Icel. l[imac][eth]a, Goth. lei[thorn]an (in comp.). Cf. Lode, Loath.]

  1. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact or connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.

    If a blind man lead a blind man, both fall down in the ditch.
    --Wyclif (Matt. xv. 14.)

    They thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill.
    --Luke iv. 29.

    In thy right hand lead with thee The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty.

  2. To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler; to lead a pupil. The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way. --Ex. xiii. 2

    1. He leadeth me beside the still waters.
      --Ps. xxiii.

    2. This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask. Content, though blind, had I no better guide.

  3. To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.

    Christ took not upon him flesh and blood that he might conquer and rule nations, lead armies, or possess places.

  4. To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.

    As Hesperus, that leads the sun his way.

    And lo ! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
    --Leigh Hunt.

  5. To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.

    He was driven by the necessities of the times, more than led by his own disposition, to any rigor of actions.
    --Eikon Basilike.

    Silly women, laden with sins, led away by divers lusts.
    --2 Tim. iii. 6 (Rev. Ver.).

  6. To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along (a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause (one) to proceed or follow in (a certain course).

    That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.
    --1 Tim. ii. 2.

    Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse A life that leads melodious days.

    You remember . . . the life he used to lead his wife and daughter.

  7. (Cards & Dominoes) To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.

    To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way, or into error; to seduce from truth or rectitude.

    To lead captive, to carry or bring into captivity.

    To lead the way, to show the way by going in front; to act as guide.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1968, initialism (acronym) from light-emitting diode.


past tense and past participle of lead (v.).


vb. (en-past of: lead)


See lead

  1. n. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; "the children were playing with lead soldiers" [syn: Pb, atomic number 82]

  2. an advantage held by a competitor in a race; "he took the lead at the last turn"

  3. evidence pointing to a possible solution; "the police are following a promising lead"; "the trail led straight to the perpetrator" [syn: track, trail]

  4. a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); "he takes the lead in any group"; "we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; "they didn't follow our lead"

  5. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)

  6. the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter" [syn: lead-in]

  7. an actor who plays a principal role [syn: star, principal]

  8. (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; "he took a long lead off first"

  9. an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: tip, steer, confidential information, wind, hint]

  10. a news story of major importance [syn: lead story]

  11. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine [syn: spark advance]

  12. restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal [syn: leash, tether]

  13. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing [syn: leading]

  14. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil [syn: pencil lead]

  15. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; "it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads" [syn: jumper cable, jumper lead]

  16. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; "the lead was in the dummy"

  17. [also: led]

  1. v. take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" [syn: take, direct, conduct, guide]

  2. result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" [syn: leave, result]

  3. tend to or result in; "This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"

  4. travel in front of; go in advance of others; "The procession was headed by John" [syn: head]

  5. cause to undertake a certain action; "Her greed led her to forge the checks"

  6. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; "Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; "His knowledge doesn't go very far"; "My memory extends back to my fourth year of life"; "The facts extend beyond a consideration of her personal assets" [syn: run, go, pass, extend]

  7. be in charge of; "Who is heading this project?" [syn: head]

  8. be ahead of others; be the first; "she topped her class every year" [syn: top]

  9. be conducive to; "The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing" [syn: contribute, conduce]

  10. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" [syn: conduct, direct]

  11. pass or spend; "lead a good life"

  12. lead, extend, or afford access; "This door goes to the basement"; "The road runs South" [syn: go]

  13. move ahead (of others) in time or space [syn: precede] [ant: follow]

  14. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; "Run the wire behind the cabinet" [syn: run]

  15. preside over; "John moderated the discussion" [syn: moderate, chair]

  16. [also: led]

LED (editor)

LED was a programmer's editor by Norsk Data running on the ND-500 series of computers running Sintran III. It featured automatic indenting, pretty-printing of source code, and integration with the compiler environment. It was sold as an advanced alternative to PED. There are several remaining copies, and it is installed on the NODAF public access ND-5700.

Category:Computer programming tools Category:Norsk Data software


LEd (formerly LaTeX Editor) is a TeX/ LaTeX editing software working under Microsoft Windows. It is a freeware product.

LED (disambiguation)

LED usually refers to:

LED may also refer to:

  • LEd (formerly LaTeX Editor), a free environment for rapid TeX/LaTeX document development
  • LED (Editor), a programmers' editor by Norsk Data
  • Ledbury railway station, England, Narf by National Rail station code
  • Local Economic Development, an approach to development, particularly in the Third World
  • Pulkovo Airport, St. Petersburg, Russia by IATA airport code
  • Slats, also known as leading edge devices (LED)
  • Lupus erythematosus disseminatus, an autoimmune disease

Usage examples of "led".

She thinks of Daud lying under the Christmas green LEDs of his automated bed, his eye dull with endorphins, waiting for Jackstraw, who would not come, having no one to turn to but the sister he fears.

The LEDs (Das Blinkenlights, as they are called in the Be community) flash merrily next to my right elbow as I hit the keys.

Although the theater had no windows, there was still some light: the red glow of EXIT signs, light seeping in under the doors, a large illuminated analog clock on the wall above the doors, red LEDs from smoke detectors, and lights from a control panel or some such coming from the five little windows of the projection booth above the entrance.

Computer keyboards have LEDs on them that are essentially kind of useless: one to tell you when NUM LOCK is on, one for CAPS LOCK, and a third one whose purpose Randy can't even remember.

Computer keyboards have LEDs on them that are essentially kind of useless: one to tell you when NUM LOCK is on, one for CAPS LOCK, and a third one whose purpose Randy can’.

Its most distinctive feature is two columns of LEDs on the front panel that zip up and down like tachometers to convey a sense of how hard each processor is working.

To honor the holiday season, there was an eighteen-inch spruce tree decorated with multicolored LEDs sitting on an old lab cart in front of the window.

He stares up at the ceiling, which is fraught with safety equipment whose LEDs form a glowering red constellation, a crouching figure known to the ancient Greeks as Ganymede, the Anally Receptive Cup bearer, and to the Nipponese, as Hideo, the Plucky Disaster Relief Worker, bending over to probe a pile of jagged concrete slabs for anything that's squishy.

He stares up at the ceiling, which is fraught with safety equipment whose LEDs form a glowering red constellation, a crouching figure known to the ancient Greeks as Ganymede, the Anally Receptive Cupbearer, and to the Nipponese, as Hideo, the Plucky Disaster Relief Worker, bending over to probe a pile of jagged concrete slabs for anything that’.

The square, heavily armored box mounted beneath the laser cannon's curved forward support, resembling a thick breastplate with rows of input sockets and flickering LEDs, was the repository of all of D'harhan's cerebral functions, surgically encased and transferred there from the emptied skull, discarded like an empty combat-rations container when the massive weapon's base had been drilled into the collarbones and vertebral column.

When Fabian Finster had earned his living as a bottom-of-the-bill mentalist in Nevada casino shows, he had enhanced his naturally striking appearance with neo-zoot suits trimmed in blinking LEDs.